Course detail: OSH219 - The 1936 "Hitler" Olympics: Kansans, Jesse Owens and the Nazis
The 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Gameswere mainly a propaganda event for Hitler'sNazi Party. Butthe Americans-including a group of Kansas farm boys, the inventor of"basketball,"and Jesse Owens- oftenstole the spotlight from the host Germans. We'llreview the struggles of the Kansas Olympians to earn their way to Germany; discuss the internationalpolitics, boycotts and the glittering spectacle that defined the Berlin Games and document the Americans'competitive efforts, including the first Olympic gold medal awarded inbasketball. Finally, we look at the "Hitler Olympics" in retrospect.